Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

Cast:
  • John Astin,
  • Stephen Boyd,
  • Dean Jagger,
  • J. Lewis Smith,
  • Joseph Waring,
  • Jimmy Durante,
  • Olan Soule,
  • Sue Casey,
  • Doris Day,
  • Charles Watts,
  • Wazzan Troupe,
  • Wilson Wood,
  • Pat Anthony,
  • Paul Wexler,
  • Victor Julian,
  • Ralph Lee,
  • Fred Coby,
  • Lynn Wood,
  • The Pedrolas,
  • Richard Berg,
  • Corky Cristiani,
  • Kenner G. Kemp,
  • Miss Loni,
  • James Chandler,
  • John Hart,
  • Norman Leavitt,
  • Shep Houghton,
  • Robert Burton,
  • Christian Haren,
  • Churchill Ross,
  • Roy Engel,
  • Otto Reichow,
  • Harry Wilson,
  • Martha Raye,
  • Frank Kreig,
  • Janos Prohaska,
  • Joe Monahan,
  • Poodles Hanneford,
  • Ron Henon,
  • Billy Barton,
  • Jack Boyle,
  • Adolph Dubsky,
  • The Carlisles,
  • Grady Sutton,
  • The Barbettes,
  • Chuck Couch,
  • Nesdon Booth,
  • John Burnside,
  • Bill Hines,
  • Michael Kostrick,
  • Jimmy Ames
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Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) is an American musical film produced by MGM in Panavision and Metrocolor, and starring Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, Martha Raye, and Stephen Boyd. The film was directed by Charles Walters and featured Busby Berkeley's choreography. It was nominated for an Academy Award for the adaptation of its Rodgers and Hart score. The title came from the original Broadway show on which the film was based, and which opened on November 16, 1935, and was the last musical produced at the New York Hippodrome before it was torn down in 1939. Billy Rose produced the original stage version, and stipulated that if a film version was ever made, he would have to be credited in the title, even if he were not personally involved with the film. Both play and film feature songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, although the film borrows two songs from other Rodgers and Hart shows other than Jumbo (including This Can't Be Love, from The Boys From Syracuse). The screenplay was written by Sidney Sheldon. Despite the fact that the score contained such Rodgers and Hart standards as "My Romance" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", neither the original play or the film were especially successful. The film was Doris Day's last screen musical. On April 2, 2007, Robert Osborne of TCM, introducing the MGM film Fearless Fagan (1952) directed by Stanley Donen, said that Donen was due to direct Jumbo right after Singin' in the Rain in 1952. However, MGM decided the script was not ready, and Jumbo was not filmed until 1962 with a different director and stars.